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Driving Instructor Training Essex

Driving Instructor Training Essex

Driving Instructor Training can be a potential minefield if you do not know someone in the industry that can help guide you along the right path. Here at Kudos Driving Instructor Training Essex, we will guide you through the best route for you and will help you dodge those expensive mistakes.

At Kudos, we believe that anyone can qualify to be a driving instructor, but the question remains, is it really the best option for you? This is why we offer no nonsense advice on what it is like to be an instructor on a day to day basis, and why we explain how much you can earn as an instructor without all the flashing lights, whistles and bells to distract you from what could be your next career.

The Route To Becoming a Driving Instructor

The usual route to becoming a driving instructor starts with answering some basic questions,

  1. Are you over the age of 21?
  2. Do you hold a full driving licence for the category you wish to teach? eg (B =Car)
  3. Do you have any motoring convictions?
  4. Do you have any other types of convictions?
  5. What sort of car licence do you have? Manual or Automatic?

You must be over the age of 21 and must have held a B category licence for 3 or more years to be able to apply to become a driving instructor. You may also be stopped from applying if you have been convicted of some motoring offences or other criminal offences.

The type of car you hold a licence for will determine if you can apply to be an instructor for automatic only or both manual and automatic cars. If you hold an automatic licence you will only be able to instruct in an automatic car but if you hold a manual licence you can instruct in either.

The type of car you hold a licence for will determine if you can apply to be an instructor for automatic only or both manual and automatic cars. If you hold an automatic licence you will only be able to instruct in an automatic car but if you hold a manual licence you can instruct in either. Let's presume that you have answered all the questions positively you can now move onto the next stage, which is,

  • Applying for a criminal records check for a driving instructor
  • Apply to the Driving Standards Agency to become a driving instructor
  • Take and pass 3 qualifying tests
  • Then apply for your 1st Approved Driving Instructor licence/badge

To get a records check completed you must apply to a company called TMG. Your KUDOS trainer will walk you through this. Applying to go onto the Driving Instructor register is obtained through the DSA and again your KUDOS driving instructor will help you with this.

With a wealth of experience in the industry we can help you through the 3 Driving Standards Agency (DSA) tests and help you to find work with good reputable companies, or help set yourself up as an independent driving instructor. Our staff not only have many years in teaching and training but also know the business side of the driving instructor industry. This is why we will be there for the rest of your career, to give advice even after you pass as a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI).

Kudos provide driver instructor training in the following areas:
Essex, Kent, South London, East London, North East London, Hertfordshire and Suffolk.

Driving Instructor Training - The Tests

Before you can start the process of the driving instructor training tests you must have been accepted into the DSA as a Potential Driving Instructor (PDI). Our application period to have completed the qualifying process is 2 years, if you have not passed before the end of this period you must start all lover again and pay the associated costs.

There are 3 tests that you must pass to become a fully qualified ADI and each test is taken in sequence. You cannot progress to the next test until you have passed the present test. Each test can be attempted 3 times but after the 3rd time you will not be allowed to take the test again until the 2 year period starts again.

Test 1 - The Theory & Hazard Perception Test

The 1st test is in fact 2 separate tests that are taken at the same sitting. The Theory test is a 100 question multiple choice test taken across the following subjects:

  • Road procedures
  • Traffic signs and signals
  • Car Control
  • Pedestrians and Mechanical knowledge
  • General road safety and Driving techniques
  • Medical knowledge

Now it's time to test your Hazard Perception skills. The Hazard Perception test is taken through 14 video clips from which you must identify at least 1 potential hazard. There are actually 15 potential hazards that you must identify, so 1 video will have 2 hazards in it! The scoring system counts down from 5 to zero and the earlier you identify it the more points you get, but if your too early you won't get any points.

If you fail 1 test you fail both and must resit them both.

Test 2 - The Practical

The driving ability test is broken down into the following categories.

An Eyesight Check

For the eyesight check you must be able to read a number plate from 26.5 metres for a new style number plate or 27.5 for an old style number plate. New-style number plates start with 2 letters followed by 2 numbers, eg AB51 ABC. If you fail the eyesight test it will be considered as 1 attempt but the test will be stopped straight away.

You must use glasses or contact lenses during the whole test if you need them to read the number plate.

You’ll fail the test if you don’t pass the eyesight test. It will count as 1 of the 3 attempts you’re allowed at the ADI part 2 test.

Vehicle Safety Questions

The Vehicle Safety Checks or Show/Tell questions as they are known are asked straight after the eyesight check. There are 19 potential questions and you will be asked 3 show questions. Which would be asked to show the examiner where the a certain thing is and how it works. You will also be asked to tell me Questions during which the examiner will want you to tell them how to check something on the car for instance how you would check the brakes are working. You can get a minor driver fault for each question wrongly answered.

You’ll be asked 5 vehicle safety questions. These are also known as ‘show me, tell me’ questions.

The examiner will ask you 3 ‘show me’ questions where you’ll have to show them how you’d carry out the vehicle checks, and 2 ‘tell me’ questions where you’ll have to explain how you’d carry out the vehicle checks. You’ll get a driving fault for each incorrect answer you give.

You’ll get a serious fault and fail the test if you answer all 5 questions incorrectly.

General Driving Ability

During the driving ability part of the test you'll have to show the examiner all of the following:

  • excellent handling of the controls
  • understand correct road procedure
  • anticipation of the actions of other road users and then react appropriately
  • making good judgement of distance
  • speed and timing
  • show consideration for the convenience and safety of other road users
  • drive in an environmentally friendly manner

You’ll drive in varying road and traffic conditions, including motorways or dual carriageways where possible.

You must be able to carry out all of the following manoeuvres:

  • Pull away straight ahead or at an angle overtake
  • Meet or cross the path of other vehicles
  • Turn left-hand and right-hand
  • Complete an emergency stop
  • Reverse into limited openings to the right and left
  • Reverse-park the vehicle into the space behind a parked car
  • Reverse-park into a parking bay
  • Turn the vehicle to face in the opposite direction using forward and reverse gears

You'll also have to drive without turn-by-turn directions from the examiner for around 10 minutes, this is known as the independent drive. You’ll have to follow either:

  • Traffic signs
  • A series of directions given to you before you set off
  • A combination of both

At the end of the test you will be given your results, with feedback. To pass these you must not get more than 6 minor driver faults.

Test 3 - The Instructional Test

The third a final test is about 1 hour long and is resigned to test 3 elements:

  • The core competences
  • Your teaching ability
  • Instructional characteristics

The test is in 2 parts in which the DSA examiner will role play 3 types of pupil. A beginner or partly trained pupil, a pupil who is about test standard, and a qualified driver taking driver development training.

The examiner will choose to play 1 role for each test. The role will be selected from the following:

  • Safety precautions on entering the car and explanation of the controls
  • Moving off and making normal stops
  • Reversing the car and entering limited openings to the right or left
  • Turning the vehicle round in the road to face the opposite direction
  • Parking close to the kerb, using reverse gears
  • Practical instruction in how to use mirrors and make an emergency stop
  • Approaching and turning corners
  • Judgement of speed and general road positioning
  • Dealing with emerging at T-junctions
  • Dealing with all aspects of crossroads
  • Dealing with pedestrian crossings and giving appropriate signals
  • Meeting, crossing the path of and overtaking other vehicles

At the end of the tests you will be invited back into the DSA examiners office for the result and feedback. To pass the test you must maintain a 4 to 6 score across every aspect end tested. This is by far the hardest of the 3 tests and is the stumbling block for many potential instructors but if you pass you are now a fully qualified driving instructor and embark on a career that will bring you exciting times ahead.

Driving Instructor Training FAQ's

Q) How long does it take to qualify to become a driving instructor?
A)
It can take as long as you want it to. If you are working on your training full time then you can get through the process in 3 to 4 months. All we can really advise is that you that you will get out what you put in. However its important to remember that the process must be finished within 2 years of being accepted onto the driving instructor register.

Q) Can I be a driving instructor if I have points on my driving licence?
A)
It depends on what you were convicted of, how many points you have accumulated, and and how long ago it was. You must declare them when applying as the Driving Standards Agency will check.

Q) Will I have the same KUDOS trainer throughout the process of becoming a driving instructor?
A)
You will be allocated a mentor for the process who will be your main contact at KUDOS throughout becoming a driving instructor but your training maybe given by another trainer as some of us specialise in certain aspects of the process.

Q) What happens if I fail part of the training? Will I lose the money paid for the other parts of my training?
A)
If you have paid for all 3 parts to gain a discount, you do take the risk of losing the value of these if you fail. If you wish to start the process again after the 2 year registered period we will hold the value until you have passed the relevant parts. We will support you through retaking the tests.

Q) How do I find work after I have passed my driving instructor tests?
A)
It depends on whether you wish to work by yourself as a sole trader or whether you wish to work with a driving school. We have many connections with nationwide driving schools and more regional ones too, so we will be able to guide you on what driving school is best for you. We also offer courses on marketing and sales as well as many other business aspects. You must remember that however you choose to work you will be self employed. All driving schools work on a franchise basis.

Q) How much does it cost to train as a driving instructor?
A)
The cost of training to become a driving instructor will depend on your ability and how much work you do without your trainer. We can pair you up with a training partner to practice some elements of the training.

There are some fixed costs which are:

  • The costs of the tests
  • Being added to the Driving Instructor Register
  • Training Materials
  • Mandatory training

Q) Do I have to do anymore tests after I have qualified?
A)
Unfortunately the answer is simply "yes". As driving instructors we have to have check tests which is an hour long test by the DSA, on your teaching ability. This can be done with a real pupil or as role play with an examiner. The good news is that these only happen every 3 or 4 years. KUDOS will support you through these if you wish.

Q) Do I need a learner car to train?
A)
No you can use the trainers car to train in and take your test if you wish but if you are going to instruct learners under a trainee/pink licence you will need your own dual controlled car.

Q) I understand I can teach learners even though I will not be fully qualified, is this true?
A)
Yes you can teach for a period of 6 months of what is known as a Potential Driving Instructors licence ( but referred to as a pink badge ) for a period of 6 months. You must have passed both part 1 and 2 as well have completed 40 hours of training for your part 3 test.

Q) How much money can I earn as a driving instructor? I have seen adverts suggesting £40,000 per annum.
A)
As a self employed driving instructor you can earn for every hour you work so the more you work the more you earn. Remember there is a limit on how many hours you can instruct for before you burn out and you instruction becomes less effective and potentially dangerous.

You will also need to cover overheads like:

  • The cost buying/leasing the car
  • Fuel
  • Insurance
  • Servicing

And all of this before you pay tax and national insurance. You can use our simple earnings calculator to work out roughly how much you could potentially earn.

Driving Instructor Training Prices

Pay As You Go £1,917.77

Price is based on Part 1 training, including your own books/CD Rom and Part 1 test. 

Price based on 10 hours of in car training & Part 2 test. 

Price based on 40 hours of Part 3 training & Part 3 test 

ALL TRAINING & TESTS ARE PAID FOR AS YOU BOOK IT 

Block Bookings £1,792.77 

Price is based on Part 1 training, including your own books/CD Rom and Part 1 test. 

Price based on 10 hours of in car training & Part 2 test.

Price based on 40 hours of Part 3 training & Part 3 test

TRAINING & TESTS ARE PAID FOR AS YOU START A NEW PART

One Off Payment £1,792.77 

Price is based on Part 1 training, including your own books/CD Rom and Part 1 test.

Price based on 10 hours of in car training & Part 2 test. 

Price based on 40 hours of Part 3 training & Part 3 test 

TRAINING & TESTS ARE PAID FOR ON BOOKING 

Additional hours can be purchased at £30.00 per hour.

Terms and Conditions of KUDOS Driving Instructor Training Ltd:

Driving Instructor Training For the purposes of the agreement the KUDOS Driver Instructor Trainer will be referred to as the Trainer. For the purpose of the agreement KUDOS Driving Instructor Training Ltd will be referred to as KUDOS. For the purposes of this agreement the trainee instructor (customer) will be referred to as the trainee. All prices are correct at the time of publishing but are subject to change without notice. Course content may vary depending on the client’s needs or instructor’s recommendations. This is in the client’s interest and can be changed at any time by the instructor. The course start and test dates will be agreed on booking but the tuition times will be agreed between the pupil and the instructor. The balance of the course is due 2 weeks prior to the course start date. Should a client require a formal invoice please request this on booking. No other refund of monies paid will be given unless 21 clear working days notice has been given. Any cheques returned to us unpaid will result in a £10 charge per cheque which the Company is charged by its bank. Payments made by credit card will also accrue a 3% administration charge. Test fees cannot be refunded. KUDOS cannot be held responsible for cancellation of a test due to unforeseen circumstances. Should you wish to change the dates of your course following payment this may incur a charge. If you have any motor/convictions or disabilities it is vital that you inform us at the outset as this may affect your ability to become a driving instructor, which could result in you being unable to recover your test fee. Any abusive, offensive or other such conduct will not be tolerated and the course may be terminated without notice and the trainee may loose any monies paid. In the event of a mechanical breakdown of the trainer’s car or for any other reason that the trainer is unable to substitute another trainer for a specific course – rearrangement of the course may be necessary to an alternative suitable time for you. The trainer and/or KUDOS has the right to withdraw the car from any test if the pupil has not reached the required level to complete a test safely and competently. The trainer will give a full explanation of reasons for withdrawal. In the event of KUDOS being unable to comply with its obligations by any cause beyond its reasonable control its obligations will be suspended for the period it is unable to do so. You are not permitted to transfer or assign the benefit of your course to any other party. No variation, amendment or modification to these terms will be permitted without written agreement from KUDOS. KUDOS’S total liability in contract, tort (including negligence or breach of statutory duty), misrepresentation, restitution or otherwise arising in connection with the performance of the above shall be limited to the price paid for the course. This includes its liability in respect of the acts or omissions of its employees, agents and sub-contractors You acknowledge that your personal data will be held and processed by the Company in connection with the above. Any comments should be sent, in writing, to The Manager, Kudos Driving Instructor Training Ltd, 11 Earls Hall Parade, Prince Avenue, Southend on Sea, Essex, SS2 6NW. These terms and conditions are governed and construed in accordance with English Law.